If you have considered the possibility of links to increased rates in infant mortality, birth defects, premature births and behavioural problems and vaccines, you are not alone. Scientists are also looking into possible correlations – and finding them. The following article was published by The US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health and reports on this very issue. Interestingly, Japan legislated an increase in age for childhood vaccinations to two years and noted a marked reduction in infant mortality. Perhaps it is time to rethink the onerous vaccination schedule and wait until infants are older and their immune systems better able to cope with these injections.
The article is worth reading but for those who choose not to, here is the summary:
The US childhood immunization schedule requires 26 vaccine doses for infants aged less than 1 year, the most in the world, yet 33 nations have better infant mortality rates.
Common vaccine substances include antigens (attenuated viruses, bacteria, toxoids), preservatives (thimerosal – which is mercury based, benzethonium chloride, 2-phenoxyethanol, phenol), adjuvants (aluminum salts), additives (ammonium sulfate, glycerin, sodium borate, polysorbate 80, hydrochloric acid, sodium hydroxide, potassium chloride), stabilizers (fetal bovine serum, monosodium glutamate, human serum albumin, porcine gelatin), antibiotics (neomycin, streptomycin, polymyxin B), and inactivating chemicals (formalin, glutaraldehyde, polyoxyethylene).
These findings demonstrate a counter-intuitive relationship: nations that require more vaccine doses tend to have higher infant mortality rates.
Considering Australia has very similar vaccination schedules to the US, perhaps it is time for our Government to do some rethinking.